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Escobar, Filler Lead Gators in Opening Round of SEC Championship

Escobar, Filler Lead Gators in Opening Round of SEC Championship

Marina Escobar tees off in round one of the 2024 SEC Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.

Photo By: Maddie Washburn

BELLEAIR, Fla. – The Florida women’s golf team was led by Marina Escobar and Maisie Filler on day one of the SEC Championship on Friday at Pelican Golf Club.

The Gators posted a team score of 288 (+8) and are tied for 9th with Alabama and Vanderbilt. The trio will tee off tomorrow at 9:10 a.m. on hole 10. South Carolina leads through 18 holes behind a 5-under mark.

Escobar led the lineup with a 2-under 68 in the opening round of the postseason. In all four SEC Championship appearances, she has shot under par in round one; 71 (-1) in 2023, 67 (-5) in 2022 and 70 (-2) in 2021. The 5th-year senior made the turn bogey-free at -2 and was tied for the lead with Maisie Filler behind birdies on 11 and 15 to get to -4. Escboar sits tied for 6th and two shots off the lead with an average of 2.75 (-1) on par3s. 

Filler recorded a 1-under 69 and was one of 18 golfers to shoot under par in the first round. She had a stretch of six birdies across five holes from holes 7-12. The senior owns a mark of 3.92 (-1) on par4s and is T12.

The next best score came from Inès Archer with a 73 (+3). The freshman is tied for 35th in her first career postseason appearance. 

UF’s final two rounds came from Jackie Lucena’s 78 (+8) and Paula Francisco’s 79 (+9).

Following three rounds of stroke play, the top-8 teams will advance to match play.   



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